The history of Attica owes much to the ancient traveler and geographer Pausanias of 2nd century AD, through his work ‘Description of Greece’. Especially in his first book that refers to Athens and the municipalities of Attica, he has recorded myths, historical events, renowned sanctuaries, buildings and works of art. So, with Pausanias we will meet a rich historical part of Attica!
A few kilometers inland, surrounded by olive trees and vineyards is located the sanctuary of Artemis, one of the most important and respected sanctuaries of Attica, dedicated to Artemis Vravronia, the Olympian goddess, protector of the safe birth of humans, of hunters and animals.
A small picturesque harbor-town, famous during antiquity for its industry and silver & bauxite mines, that financed the building of the Acropolis and many monuments of the Golden Age of Athens, and funded the Athenian fleet which defeated the Persians!
Above the sea on the highest point of cape Sounio stands the impressive Doric temple of Poseidon, Olympian god of the oceans, wild seas and earthquakes. ‘It looks like an open hand reaching out to welcome the arriving seamen’ as historian Ailios –of Greco Roman era- correctly put it!
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